What's in your Box?

With the start of the new year comes fly tying happy hours at MN Steelheader. The staff here spends a portion of the off season sorting through our fly boxes, vests and notes, while anxiously awaiting the spring thaw. After reviewing our notes to see what flies were hot...and not, we start gearing up for some serious fly tying.

We found that this past year was a great year for one of our new black stone nymph patterns along with the trusty old Hercules. We fished lots of different patterns this past year and still found the egg pattern, and variations of, to be the go to fly. The unforgiving rocks and snags in the often fast drifts were exceptionally hungry this past year. As many of you may know, we stick to simple patterns most of the time for this very reason. You loose flies on the North Shore. Keeping your flies simple helps keep the blood pressure down and enables you to tie plenty of your favorite patterns.

Feel free to use this forum to share your patterns, hot or not. We are also looking for some fly recipes to post on our site. Check out our fly box for more on our flies (see the link on the right). We are also putting together a north shore fly selection soon to be for sale on our website. check the site for more details and, we'll see you on the water....

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